WHITEWATER, Colo. – The Lands End Fire Protection districts looks and functions like any other fire department, but all the people who volunteer there have full time jobs on top of their duties.
The National Fire Protection Agency found between 1983 and 2017, the amount of volunteer firefighters nationwide decreased by over 200,000.
The Lands End Fire Protection District is a volunteer firefighting agency at the foot of the Grand Mesa covering 195 square miles in southeast Mesa County.
One of the lieutenants at Lands End Fire says only about 30% of new recruits end up staying long term.
“We are ‘stepping stone’ agency,” said Samuel Craven. “A lot of people will come here and spend about a year to two years. And then they move on to other agencies as as full time career.”
One 19-year-old firefighter says volunteering at Lands End Fire is an important part of her education.
“Right now I’m working towards my EMT,” said Kyanne Dennis. “I’d like to get my EMT then be able to work on a bigger department.”
You can learn more about the Lands End Fire Protection District and volunteer opportunities by visiting its official website.